Voskovec, George (1905-1981)

The George Voskovec collection consists of correspondence, manuscripts, printed material, audio material, photographs, and memorabilia.

Correspondence consists of condolence letters responding to Voskovec’s death in 1981, and correspondence with Voskovec’s Czech friends and celebrities, including Vaclav Havel, Josef Skvorecky, and Josef Topol. Also included are professional letters, ranging from 1941 to 1980. General correspondence dates from 1950 to 1980.

Manuscripts consist of an extensive collection of scripts, some written by Voskovec and some used by Voskovec for acting, including Twelve Angry Men (1957); a 1974 script from Hawaii Five-O; Happy Days by Samuel Beckett, in which Voskovec portrayed Willie in 1980; All Over by Edward Albee; and various scripts from the television series Nero Wolfe (1981), among many others. Also included are a thesis regarding Voskovec titled “The Liberated Theatre of Voskovec and and Werich: A History” by Michael Schonberg, and a thesis titled “A Study of the Production of Two One-Act Plays” by Norman Abrams.

Printed material include copes of journals and magazines, including an issue of Life from 1954, issues of The New Yorker from 1963 and 1967, issues of World Literature Today from 1978 and 1980, and issues of Education Theatre Journal, among others.

Audio material consists of reel-to-reels of 1958 performances of Christie Voskovec’s plays Nightingale for Dinner and Cat on Rails, interviews with Voskovec, among other materials. Also present are records of various musical compositions, including “The Beethoven Bicentennial Collection” and Jaroslav Jezek’s “Songs of Liberated Theatre”, among others.

Photographs include a color photograph of Voskovec, a print of Voskovec’s first portrait photo from 1927, a black and white photo from Twelve Angry Men (1957), headshots from 1958, an image of Voskovec in John Gielgud’s production of Hamlet (1965), and images of Voskovec with various notable people, including Josef Abram, Leonard Bernstein, Frantisek Filipovski, Lyuba Hermanova, George Karnet, and Jara Kahout. Also included are family photographs.

Memorabilia includes a posthumous award to Voskovec by a Czech film and television organization in 1991, a Bible, and a tape regarding Voskovec’s genealogy, among other materials.

Notable Figures
1. Voskovec, George
Associated Subjects
1. Theatre and Film Subject Guide